Doctor Scott Mann

Associate Professor, School of Law

PhD Syd, MPhil, BA(Hons) Sus    Contact details

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Career Profile

Since 2003 Dr Mann has been a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law and from 1996 to 2002 was Faculty Consultant for the UWS Law Review. In 1995 he was Acting Director for the Centre for Liberal and General Studies at UNSW. From 1988 to 1993 he worked as a Lecturer and Subject Convenor, also at UNSW.

Awards and Recognition

Reviews of Published Work

A review of Law in Perspective: Ethics, Society and Critical Thinking in The Australian newspaper, Higher Education section (Nov 2, 2005 p40) said 'the idea of offering this book to first-year students is ambitious, but quite justifiably so. In three large parts the authors deal with logic and science, ethics and social theory, and issues of tort law reform, free will and criminal responsibility, crime and punishment, terrorism and democratic rights, and refugees and the state. They write with ease and assurance and they aim to enlighten and treat logical reasoning as a prime concern, noting that, on the subject, legal texts are often outdated, confused or just plain wrong... Basic concepts of reasoning are explained and legal reasoning and argument are analysed. Fallacious thinking of common kinds or that result from misunderstandings of science and statistics are explained with admirable clarity. So far, so good, for every advocate or analyst, yet the authors take the reader much further. Jurisprudence, social theory, ethical awareness and law reform are difficult subjects to teach and study, but we neglect them at our peril.' [Diane Carlyle and Nick Walker]

A review in the UTS Law Review (No 7, 2005, p 202) said 'the authors are to be commended for providing an informative, intelligible and workable overview of the basic principles of applied logic that are relevant to legal thinking... the part of the book dealing with ethics is extremely good in its exposition of the inherent weaknesses of both moral relativism and the 'command' theory of ethics... the book contains a very good description of such matters as natural law and positivism... there is also an excellent treatment of 'distributive justice'... it is an excellent and wide ranging introduction to the law and critical legal thinking and is suitable as a legal text commencing with first year students. I will be recommending it to my students.' [Ian Ellis-Jones, Senior Lecturer, UTS School of Law]
 

A review of Economics, Business Ethics and Law in the Law Society Journal (Vol 41, Aug 2003), described the book as 'interesting and challenging... Mann’s historical economic analyses are well-reasoned and argued succinctly, using wide and relevant examples. His counter–arguments to the notional orthodoxies of globalisation and free trade are especially interesting.' [Angela Mende, lawyer]
 

A review in the Alternative Law Journal (Vol 28, No 4, p 206) said 'Mann tackles heady issues with ease, and each section [of the book] offers chapters confidently employed to take the reader to the heart of the matter in each case...' The section on ethics is 'especially interesting… as Mann’s critical and insightful approach is refreshingly original. His ability to deal with the details of such accounts, however, has not been pursued at the expense of readability, and first time readers should also find this discussion accessible… [The book] is an accessible-yet-critical overview of the main issues of concern shared by each field [covered]. Those wishing to gain a general overview of the salient and pressing issues in these areas would benefit from this clear and coherent text.' [Nigel Palmer]
 

A review of Psychoanalysis and Society, in the Psychotherapy in Australia Journal (Vol 1, No 1, Nov 1994) described it as 'an accessible introduction to the fundamentals of Freudian psychoanalytic theory... A good introduction...will appeal to those...interested in the connections between psychoanalytic theory and sociology.' [Michael Green]
 

A review of Heart of a Heartless World: Religion as Ideology in the International Socialism Journal (Issue 113, 2007), referred to the 'admirable clarity' of the approach. 'Mann’s book includes fascinating discussions of how the image of god has changed throughout history... the theoretical strengths of the book ensure that it should act as an important starting point...for anyone wanting a materialist understanding of religion.' [Paul Blackledge, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Science, Leeds Metropolitan University]

Interests

Learning and Teaching Interests

The major focus of Dr Mann's teaching in recent years has been in the areas of Practical Ethics, including Bioethics and Business Ethics, Jurisprudence, Law and Economics, Social Theory, Critical Thinking, Human Rights and Philosophy of Science.

Research Interests

The major focus of Dr Mann's research in recent years has been in the areas of Practical Ethics, including Bioethics and Business Ethics, Political Economy, Jurisprudence, Social Theory, Critical Thinking, Human Rights and Philosophy of Science.

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Publications

Books     

  • Law in Perspective: Ethics, Society and Critical Thinking (with Dr Michael Head), University of New South Wales Press, 2005 (ISBN 0 86840 834 4)
  • Ideoloji Olarak Din [Turkish edition of Religion as Ideology], Aykýrý Yayýnevi, Istanbul, 2004 (ISBN 975833798-x)
  • Economics, Business Ethics and Law, Lawbook Co, Sydney, 2003 (ISBN 0 455 21911 7)
  • The Heart of a Heartless World [2nd, revised edition], Blackrose Books, Montreal, 1999 (ISBN 1-55164-127-5 bound, ISBN 1-55164-126-7 pbk)
  • The Heart of a Heartless World: Religion as Ideology, Brandl and Schlesinger, Sydney, 1996 (ISBN 1-876040-06-8)
  • Psychoanalysis and Society: An Introduction, UNSW Press, Sydney, 1994 (ISBN 0-86840-238-9)

Recent Refereed Journal Articles

  • Just Wars and Criminal Laws, University of Western Sydney Law Review, Volume 10, 2006 (ISSN 1446 9294)
  • Space, Time and Natural Kinds, Journal of Critical Realism, Vol 5, Number 2, 2006 (ISSN 1476-7430)
  • Freedom of the Will and Criminal Culpability (with Mouaid Al-Qudah), University of Western Sydney Law Review, Vol 8 2004 (ISSN 1446-9294)
  • Libertarianism, Markets and Distributive Justice, University of Western Sydney Law Review, Vol 7, 2003 (ISSN 1446-9294)
  • Tort Law Reform in the Alternative Law Journal, Vol 28, Number 5, October 2003 (ISSN 1037-969X)
  • Science, Corporations and the Law, Alternative Law Journal, Vol 26, Number 6, December 2001 (ISSN 1037-969X)
  • Australia: Global Sociopath, Alternative Law Journal, Vol 26, Number 1, February 2001 (ISSN 1037-969X)

Conferences

Recently Published Conference Papers

  • Value Theory and the analysis of commodity producing societies, Refereed Proceedings of the Symposium on Marxist Philosophy, Chinese and Western Perspectives, Flinders University, July 2006
  • Democracy and Governance, Proceedings of University of Western Sydney College of Business and Law Research Symposium, UWS Parramatta Campus, November 2006 (ISBN 174108147)
  • The Reality of Space and Time, Proceedings of 9th Annual International IACR Conference, Engaging Realist Alternatives, at the University of Western Sydney, July 2005 (ISBN 1 74108 130 0)
  • The Fraunce (1588) Model of Case-based Reasoning (with P N Gray), Proceedings of the Conference, Artificial Intelligence and Law at the University of Edinburgh, 2003 (ISBN 1-58113-747-8)
  • Communism, Humane Technology and Genetic Engineering, Proceedings of the conference, Towards Humane Technologies; Biotechnology, New Media and Citizenship at the University of Queensland, 2002
  • Bioethics, Ideology and the Market, Combined Conference of the Australasian Bioethics Association (ABA) and Australian Institute of Health Law and Ethics (AIHLE), University of Sydney, July 2000, Conference Proceedings 2000 (ISBN 0 7334 1924 0)

Recent Conference Papers

  • Aristotle and Critical Realism, 7th International Conference on Greek Research, Flinders University, June–July 2007
  • Democracy and governanceNovember 2006 , UWS College of Business and Law Research Symposium, UWS Parramatta Campus, November 2006
  • Scientific Realism and Marxist Value Theory (co-authored with Margaret Moussa), Symposium on Marxist Philosophy; Chinese and Western Perspectives, at Flinders University, July 2006
  • Space, Time and Natural Kinds’ Traumas of Law, 9th Annual International IACR Conference, Engaging Realist Alternatives, at the University of Western Sydney, July 2005
  • Expediency v Rationalisation in Hill v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire [1986], 12th International Conference of the Law and Literature Association of Australia, July 2004, Griffith University/University of Queensland
  • The Fraunce (1588) Model of Case-based Reasoning (co-authored with P.N.Gray), The 9th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law, June 2003, University of Edinburgh (sponsored by the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and law, the University of Edinburgh School of Law, the Joseph Bell Centre for Forensic Statistics and Legal Reasoning, WestGroup, Thomson Legal & Regulatory)
  • Biotechnology as a Political Process, Towards Humane Technologies; Biotechnology, New Media and Citizenship, July 2002, University of Queensland (supported by QUT Applied Ethics Program, UQ Centre for Social Research in Communication, UQ Community Service and Research Centre, Biotechnology Australia)
  • Why Lawyers should also be Philosophers of Science, Introduction Australian Institute of Health, Law and Ethics (AIHLE) 6th Annual Conference, June–July 2001, University of Melbourne
  • Bioethics, Ideology and the MarketJuly 2000 , Australian Bioethics Association Conference 2000, University of Sydney, July 2000
  • Inductive Reasoning in Science and Law and Science as Ideology, Australian Association for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science Conference 1999, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Science and Ideology, Australian Association for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science Conference 1998, Flinders University